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[jamsat-news:1648] ANS 006


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS 006

ANS is a free, weekly, news and information service of AMSAT North
America, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS reports on the
activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an
active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating
through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

This edition of ANS is dedicated to Rhode Island ARRL Section Manager
Armand Lambert, K1FLD, who died recently following a lengthy illness.
He was 58. Lambert also served as an ARRL VEC, was a regular
participant in the New England Division cabinet meetings and was past
president of the Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club. [ANS thanks
the ARRL for this information]

ANS salutes Ernst Krenkel, RAEM - polar explorer, expedition
communicator, Russian radio hero, who made first Arctic-Antarctic
radio contact. Krenkel died in 1971. He is among the inaugural
group of 50 inductees into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.
[ANS thanks CQ Amateur Radio magazine, published by CQ
Communications, Inc. for this information]

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-006.01
AO-40 UPDATE

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 006.01 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, JANUARY 06, 2002
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
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The ARRL is reporting that AO-40 satellite ground controllers have
begun adjusting the spacecraft's attitude as it enters a period of
unfavorable sun angles. AO-40 command station team member Stacey
Mills, W4SM, says that AO-40's operating schedule has been modified
slightly to reflect the decreasing attitude longitude (ALON).

"As expected, the satellite has lost sun sensor lock, so we are now
officially in the 'dead zone'," Mills reported. The satellite is currently
in a long period during which Earth eclipses the sun near perigee.
These periods will continue well into next June.

The attitude shifting is necessary to compensate for the unfavorable
Sun angle, leaving AO-40's antennas pointing away from Earth for
several weeks. To save power, the transponder passbands are being
turned off at various times, and the RUDAK digital transponder was
also scheduled to be off.

[ANS thanks the ARRL for its AO-40 coverage]

/EX

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IARU NEWSLETTER

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 006.02 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, JANUARY 06, 2002
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-006.02

Martin, VE3OAT, informed ANS about comments in the IARU
Monitoring System December newsletter:

It appears that FM radio signals from the taxi drivers in the
San Luis and Sonora, Mexico area are no longer getting into the
2-meter uplink of UO-14.

After much talk and correspondence, this success has been hard
won, and has involved a number of people in different roles during
the last 18 months. From among all those involved, I would like to
express special thanks to Ray Soifer, W2RS, of AMSAT-NA, whose
plea to the VHF and Satellite Committee at the 2001 IARU Region 2
Conference in Guatemala City generated extra interest and concern
about this and similar problems, and to the Federaci Mexicana de
Radio Experimentadores (FMRE), especially Lorne Libin, XE1V, for
his very effective discussions with COFETEL (the Mexican
telecomms adminstration), and again to Alejandro Pereida, XE2BSS,
for his thorough technical analysis of the problem and for his
persistence in pursuing it from beginning to end.

Congratulations gentlemen, and thank you!

[ANS thanks the IARU for this information]

/EX

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HONORS FOR G3YJO

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 006.03 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, JANUARY 06, 2002
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-006.03

Ray, W2RS, informed ANS that the 2002 Honors List included a
knighthood for Martin Sweeting, G3YJO, "for services to microsatellite
engineering." Ray passed on his congratulations, noting this very
ell-deserved recognition and the many achievements of G3YJO.

AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, also noted the
achievement:
 
Dear Sir Martin,

It was with great pleasure that I learned of your recent appointment.
Your work with SSTL, and your added value to both the educational
viewpoint and the development of satellites with international implications
brings great credit to you and your colleagues.

On behalf of AMSAT-NA, the Board of Directors, Officers and members,
may I offer you our congratulations on this appointment.

73,

Robin Haighton VE3FRH
President AMSAT-NA

Martin told AMSAT that he was "totally surprised and somewhat awed
by receiving this honor," adding, "I'm aware that achievement comes
not from just one person but is the result of teamwork, support and
friendships without whom nothing would have been possible."

Martin hopped that this recognition of his work will benefit all
concerned at Surrey and in AMSAT and that both organizations
will continue to strive for new challenges!

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for this information]

/EX

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ANS IN BRIEF

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 006.04 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, JANUARY 06, 2002
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
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ANS news in brief this week includes the following:

** Happy birthday this month to UO-14, AO-16, LO-19, DO-17 and
WO-18 - all launched on January 22, 1990. -ANS

** Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2002 is now history. If you participated,
please nominate someone you worked for 'best fist'. It isn't necessary
that he or she had the best fist in the world, just the best of those you
worked. Please send your nomination via e-mail to < w2rs@amsat.org >,
packet radio at < W2RS @ WA2SNA.NJ.USA.NA >, or surface mail
via the W2RS callbook address. Winners will be listed in an AMSAT
News Service bulletin and in The AMSAT Journal. -Ray, W2RS

** The X-38 prototype crew rescue vehicle successfully completed its
highest, fastest and longest flight to date recently at NASA's Dryden
Flight Research Center, a test flight that intersected some of the most
critical conditions such a craft would experience when returning from
space. -SpaceDaily

** Yoshi, JF6BCC, will be active from Guam January 10-14, 2002, QRV
mainly on UO-14, AO-27, FO-20/29 and AO-40. He will be using his
U.S. callsign (KH2GR), or the club station (KH2M). QSL via JF6BCC.
-ANS

** The ISS Expedition-4 crew began a new year in space by conducting
a variety of experiments, testing new techniques with the station's robotic
arm and beginning to prepare for a spacewalk planned later this month.
-NASA

** The 2001 AMSAT Symposium awards included a presentation to
John Conner, NJ0C. Following a parts failure in the Phase 3D 10 GHz
transmitter, NJ0C hand-carried replacement parts to Miami enabling
them to get to Kourou prior to the launch. His commitment helped
assure that the satellite was able to be launched with all systems
working. -ANS

** Remember the first two operating orbits of AO-13? The opening day
orbits (number 80 and 81 in July 1988) included PY4AJ, W4BE, N5BRG,
W3BWU, AE1C, W0CA, JA3CF, LU8EBH, N6EIP, W0EOZ, W5EUB,
WD4FAB, WB2FPE, PY2GIS, W8GQW, W6HDO, K6HHJ, WB4IOA,
N4IQV, WA4KDB, W9KFB, DJ5KQ, WD4LCD, WB6LLO, WA2LQQ,
N6LYT, K6ML, W6MSG, K9NO, W1NU, K8OCL, G0ORX, DB2OS,
N4OUL, K6OVV, WB5PMR, WA1QXR, WA2RDE, G3RUH, KB4SRE,
W6SYA, W4TZG, ON6UG, WA5VAH, KA8WWQ, DJ4ZC and WA5ZIB.
-AMSAT BB

--ANS BULLETIN END---

/EX

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WEEKLY SATELLITE REPORT PART 1

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 006.05 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, JANUARY 06, 2002
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-006.05

Phase 3D / AMSAT OSCAR 40 / AO-40
Launched: November 16, 2000 aboard an Ariane 5 launcher
from Kourou, French Guiana.
Status: Currently, the U/L-1 to S-2 passband is active.
Uplink    	U-band    435.550 - 435.800 MHz CW/SSB
                  	L1-band  1269.250 - 1269.500 MHz CW/SSB
                  	L2-band  1268.325 - 1268.575 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink  	2401.225 - 2401.475 MHz CW/SSB

AO-40 experimental transponder operation started on May 05, 2001 at
approximately 08:00 UTC when the U-band and L1-band uplinks were
connected to the S-2 transmitter passband downlink via the Matrix
switch. Some 58 DXCC countries are/were QRV via AO-40 in 2001.

For the current transponder-operating schedule visit:

http://www.amsat-dl.org/journal/adlj-p3d.htm

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL and the ARRL for this information]

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION/ARISS
Worldwide packet uplink:  145.990 MHz
Region 1 voice uplink:       145.200 MHz
Region 2/3 voice uplink:    144.490 MHz
Worldwide downlink:          145.800 MHz
TNC callsign                       NOCALL

ARISS initial station launched September 2000 aboard shuttle Atlantis.
ARISS is made up of delegates from major national Amateur Radio
organizations, including AMSAT.

Status: Operational.

The ISS packet station (normally) available for UI packets. The mailbox
and keyboard is currently disabled. Please see the packet section of
the ARISS web page before attempting to first work ISS on packet.

NASA information on the ISS station can be found at:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/reference/radio/

The ISS daily crew schedule (which gives an idea when crew members
have free time and may be available for Amateur Radio operations) can
be found at:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/timelines/2001/may/index.html

Miles, WF1F, has posted pictures of the new antenna system for ISS.
View < http://www.marex-na.org/fileshtml/galleryantenna.html > for
details.

U.S. callsign:                  NA1SS
Russian callsigns:          RS0ISS, RZ3DZR

The QSL routes for W/VE stations working NA1SS aboard the
International Space Station:

U.S. stations (a SASE is required to get a QSL in return):
Margie Bourgoin, KC1DCO
Attn: ARISS Expedition-1 (or 2, 3) QSL
ARRL, 225 Main Street
Newington, Connecticut 06111

Canadian stations:
Radio Amateurs of Canada
Attn: ARISS Expedition-1 (or 2, 3) QSL
720 Belfast Road, Suite 217
Ottawa, Ontario KEG 0Z5

European stations (a SASE and 2 IRC's are required to get
                               a QSL in return).
AMSAT-France
14 bis, rue des Gourlis
92500 Rueil Malmaison
France

[ANS thanks Will Marchant, KC6ROL, and Jean-Louis Rault, F6AGR,
for this information]

RADIO SPORT RS-12
Uplink                           145.910 to 145.950 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink                       29.410 to 29.450 MHz CW/SSB
Beacon                         29.408 MHz
Robot		           29.454 MHz (145.831 MHz uplink)
Launched: February 5, 1991 aboard a Russian Cosmos C launcher
Status: RS-12 was re-activated in mode-A on January 1, 2001

The latest information on RS-12 and RS-13 can be found on the AC5DK
RS-12/13 Satellite Operators page at:

http://www.qsl.net/ac5dk/rs1213/rs1213.html

[ANS thanks Kevin Manzer, AC5DK, for RS-12 information]

RADIO SPORT RS-15
Uplink                           145.858 to 145.898 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink                       29.354 to 29.394 MHz CW/SSB
Beacon                         29.352 MHz (intermittent)
SSB meeting frequency     29.380 MHz (unofficial)
Launched: December 26, 1994 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Status: Semi-operational, mode-A, using a 2-meter uplink and a
10-meter downlink

Dave, WB6LLO, has operating information for both RS-15 on his
web site. In addition to satellite data, antenna information for
mode-A operation is also featured. The WB6LLO web site URL is:

http://home.san.rr.com/doguimont/uploads

[ANS thanks Dave Guimont, WB6LLO, for this information]

OSCAR 10 AO-10
Uplink               435.030 to 435.180 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink           145.975 to 145.825 MHz CW/USB
Beacon             145.810 MHz (unmodulated carrier)
Launched: June 16, 1983 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Semi-operational, mode-B. AO-10 has
been locked into a 70-cm uplink and a 2-meter downlink for several
years.

DX continues to be heard and worked on AO-10.

W4SM has more information about the satellite at the following URL:

http://www.cstone.net/~w4sm/AO-10.html

[ANS thanks Stacey Mills, W4SM, for his AO-10 status information
and web site]

AMRAD AO-27
Uplink               145.850 MHz FM
Downlink           436.795 MHz FM
Launched: September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Operational, mode J.

Periodically, AO-27's analog repeater will be turned off for a few days at
a time to enable ground controllers to gather Whole Orbital Data (WOD),
to verify the health of the satellite.

An AO-27 question-and-answer page is available on the AMSAT-NA web
site, with updates by Ray, W2RS. The URL is:

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/intro/ao27faq.html

AO-27 uses a method called Timed Eclipse Power Regulation (TEPR) to
regulate the on-board batteries. In simple terms, TEPR times how long
the satellite has been in an eclipse (or in the sun) and decides what
subsystems to turn on or off. The AO-27 pages on the AMSAT-NA web
site include an explanation of TEPR AO-27 operations (at):

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/n7hpr/ao27.html

On December 9, 2001 Chuck, KM4NZ, reset the TEPR states on AO-27
as follows:  	TEPR 4 - 19
              	TEPR 5 - 59

[ANS thanks AMRAD for AO-27 information]

UO-14
Uplink               145.975 MHz FM
Downlink           435.070 MHz FM
Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Operational, mode J

Tim, KG8OC, features UO-14 information on the Michigan AMSAT
web site - point your web browser to the following URL:

http://www.qsl.net/kg8oc

Ray, W2RS, has revised the AO-27 FAQ on < www.amsat.org > to
include information on UO-14.

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for UO-14 information]

JAS-1b FO-20
Uplink               145.90 to 146.00 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink           435.80 to 435.90 MHz CW/USB
Launched: February 07, 1990 by an H1 launcher from the Tanegashima
Space Center in Japan. Status: Operational. FO-20 is in mode JA
continuously

Tak, JA2PKI, reported FO-20 control station operators believe that the
UVC (Under Voltage Controller) now is regulating the transponder. The
controller monitors battery voltage and tries to protect the batteries from
over discharge.

[ANS thanks Kazu Sakamoto, JJ1WTK, for the FO-20 status reports]

JAS-2 FO-29
Launched: August 17, 1996, by an H-2 launcher from the Tanegashima
Space Center in Japan. Status: Operational

Voice/CW Mode JA
Uplink  		145.90 to 146.00 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink           435.80 to 435.90 MHz CW/USB

Digital Mode JD
Uplink               145.850 145.870 145.910 MHz FM
Downlink           435.910 MHz 1200-baud BPSK or 9600-baud FSK
Callsign             8J1JCS
Digitalker           435.910 MHz

Last reported, the JARL FO-29 command station announced the
operation schedule of FO-29 as mode JA through March 2002.

Mineo, JE9PEL, has a FO-29 satellite telemetry analysis program that
will automatically analyze all digital telemetry from the satellite (such as
current, voltage and temperature). The JE9PEL FO-29/shareware is
available at the following URL:

http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/

[ANS thanks Kazu Sakamoto, JJ1WTK, for the FO-29 status reports]

/EX

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WEEKLY SATELLITE REPORT PART 2

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 006.06 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, JANUARY 06, 2002
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-006.06

PCSat
Uplink/downlink    145.830 MHz 1200 baud AX-25 AFSK via PCSAT-1
Uplink                   435.250 MHz 9600 baud via PCSAT-2
APRS Downlink   144.390 MHz (Region 2)
Launched: September 30, 2001 aboard an Athena-1 rocket from the
Kodiak, Alaska launch complex.
Status: Operational

Bob, WB4APR, reports PCSat will enter a full-sun period for two weeks
beginning about January 7th. To solve the frequent resets and allow
stations the best chance for access, the callsign will remain W3ADO-1
at all times. The following additional aliases may be used to minimize
re-configurations between terrestrial mobile APRS, PCSat and ISS
operations: 	RELAY
		WIDE
		APRSAT
		NOCALL.

Digipeating through January 21st is authorized using the callsign of
W3ADO-1(it may be possible after January 21st as long as the
telemetry does not show 11111111).

PCSat is a 1200-baud APRS digipeater designed for use by stations
using hand-held or mobile transceivers. Downlinks feed a central web
site < http://pcsat.aprs.org >. The APRS-equipped PCSat was built by
midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy under the guidance of
Bob Bruninga, WB4APR.

For more information, visit the PCSat web site at:

http://web.usna.navy.mil/~bruninga/pcsat.html

[ANS thanks Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, for PCSat information]

TIUNGSAT-1
Uplink               145.850 or 145.925 MHz 9600-baud FSK
Downlink           437.325 MHz
Broadcast callsign  	MYSAT3-11
BBS                        	MYSAT3-12

Launched: September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic
missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Status: Operational at
38k4-baud FSK

TiungSat-1 is Malaysia's first micro-satellite and in addition to
commercial land and weather imaging payloads offers FM and FSK
Amateur Radio communication.

TiungSat-1, named after the mynah bird of Malaysia, was developed as
a collaborative effort between the Malaysian government and Surrey
Satellite Technology Ltd.

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for this information]

UOSAT UO-22
Uplink               145.900 or 145.975 MHz FM 9600-baud FSK
Downlink           435.120 MHz FM
Broadcast Callsign	UOSAT5-11
BBS                             	UOSAT5-12
Launched: July 17, 1991 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Operational

Jim, AA7KC, reports UO-22 is operational with approximately a
50% downlink efficiency. Sat-gate operation still dominates the
use of this satellite.

More information on the satellite is available at the following URL:

http://www.sstl.co.uk/

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for UO-22 information
and Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, for status information]

OSCAR-11
Downlink              145.825 MHz FM (1200-baud AFSK)
Mode-S Beacon    2401.500 MHz
Launched: March 1, 1984 by a Delta-Thor rocket from Vandenberg Air
Force Base in California. Status: Operational

During the period of 17-November to 15-December, good signals
have been received from the 145 MHz beacon. Internal temperatures
have been fairly static, with no particular trend observed, indicating that
the current eclipse cycle has reached a minimum value. Battery voltage
observed during daylight passes has fallen slightly. The SEU counter
increments have continued to increase from 479 to 614 counts per day,
with permanent memory failures at several locations.

A WOD survey has been transmitted and shows the spin period to be
368 seconds. Around October 21, 2001 the Z-axis magnetorquer counter
reached its maximum count of 1024 pulses. This has stopped further
attitude control. The satellite's attitude is now being controlled by the
passive gravity boom gradient.

The operating schedule is unchanged.

ASCII status (210 seconds)
ASCII bulletin (60 seconds)
BINARY SEU (30 seconds)
ASCII TLM (90 seconds)
ASCII WOD (120 seconds)
ASCII bulletin (60 seconds)
BINARY ENG (30 seconds)
 
The ASCII bulletin is currently a static message, detailing modes and
frequencies of all active Amateur Radio satellites.

More information on OSCAR-11 is available at the following URL:

http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/clivew/

[ANS thanks Clive Wallis, G3CWV, for OSCAR-11 status information]

PACSAT AO-16
Uplink                           145.90 145.92 145.94 145.96 MHz FM
                                     (using 1200-baud Manchester FSK)
Downlink                       437.025 MHz SSB (RC-BPSK 1200-baud PSK)
Mode-S Beacon            2401.1428 MHz
Broadcast Callsign:       PACSAT-11
BBS                               PACSAT-12

Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Semi-operational, the digipeater command is on.

Telemetry is as follows:

uptime is 689/18:22:19.  Time is Wed Jan 02 22:04:59 2002
+10V Bus        10.400 V  	+Z Array Temp   -7.263 D
+X (RX) Temp    -1.212 D  	RX Temp         13.916 D
Bat 1 V          1.252 V  		Bat 2 V          1.201 V
Bat 3 V          1.220 V  		Bat 4 V          1.247 V
Bat 5 V          1.212 V  		Bat 6 V          1.216 V
Bat 7 V          1.222 V  		Bat 8 V          1.223 V
Bat 1 Temp      10.285 D  	Bat 2 Temp       9.680 D
Baseplt Temp     9.075 D  PSK TX RF Out    1.512 W
+Y Array Temp  -17.550 D  PSK TX HPA Tmp   4.839 D

Total Array C= 0.000 Bat Ch Cur=-0.398 Ifb= 0.154 I+10V= 0.258
TX:1009 BCR:1E PWRC:36D BT:1E WC:25 EDAC:DC

A WOD collection of current graphics along with general information
and telemetry samples can be found at:

www.telecable.es/personales/ea1bcu

[ANS thanks Miguel Menendez, EA1BCU, for AO-16 status information]

ITAMSAT IO-26
Uplink               145.875 145.900 145.925 145.950 MHz FM (1200-baud)
Downlink           435.822 MHz SSB
Broadcast Callsign         ITMSAT-11
BBS                                ITMSAT-12

Launched: September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Semi-operational, the digipeater function is on
and open for APRS users.

[ANS thanks ITAMSAT Project Manager Alberto E. Zagni, I2KBD, for
IO-26 information]

/EX

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WEEKLY SATELLITE REPORT PART 3

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 006.07 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, JANUARY 06, 2002
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-006.07

THE FOLLOWING ARE IN ORBIT BUT ARE NON-OPERATIONAL
OR SEMI-OPERATIONAL AT THIS TIME:

KITSAT KO-23
Uplink               145.900 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
Downlink           435.170 MHz FM
Broadcast Callsign         HLO1-11
BBS                                HLO1-12
Launched: August 10, 1992 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Intermittent operation with the downlink
transmitter operating at unpredictable intervals.

Jim, AA7KC, reports that KO-23's downlink transmitter continues in a
non-operational status.

[ANS thanks Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, and KyungHee Kim, HL0ENJ,
for KO-23 status information]

KITSAT KO-25
Uplink               145.980 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
Downlink           436.500 MHz FM
Broadcast Callsign  	HL02-11
BBS                         	HL02-12

Launched: September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Semi-operational

Jim, AA7KC, reports that KO-25 was operational on January 4th, with a
35% downlink efficiency. There was a downloaded photo of the Earth
taken by AO-40. No useful data has been downlinked since that date.

[ANS thanks Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, for this information]

UoSAT-12 UO-36
Uplink               145.960 MHz (9600-baud FSK)
Downlink           437.025 MHz 437.400 MHz
Broadcast Callsign         UO121-11
BBS                                UO121-12

Launched: April 21, 1999 by a Russian launcher from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome. Status: Unknown

UO-36 carries a number of imaging payloads, digital store-and-forward
communications and mode L/S transponders.

Paul, KB2SHU, tells ANS that UO-36 has not been operational (over
North America) since late July. In addition, Sangat, 9M2SS, reports he
has not copied UO-36 since July 30th.

The VK5HI viewer shareware for UO-36 is available on the AMSAT-NA
web site at the following URL:

ftp://ftp.amsat.org/amsat/software/win32/display/ccddsp97-119.zip

Further information on UO-36 is available from: http://www.sstl.co.uk/

[ANS thanks Chris G7UPN/ZL2TPO, and the University of Surrey for
UO-36 information]

TMSAT-1 TO-31
Uplink               145.925 MHz (9600-baud FSK)
Downlink           436.925 MHz (9600-baud FSK)
Broadcast Callsign:        TMSAT1-11
BBS                                TMSAT1-12 

Launched: July 10, 1998 by a Zenit rocket from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome. Status: Non-operational, no data downlinked
since December 18, 2000.

Chris G7UPN, (UoSAT operations manager) reports the
following to ANS:

The TO-31 downlink will be off over most areas, with the exception of
Europe and Thailand.

ProcMail V2.00G has been released by G7UPN. This software permits
the processing of image files from TO-31. It has been posted to the
AMSAT-NA FTP site at the following URL:

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/software/win32/wisp

Many of the high-resolution color images transmitted by TMSAT are
compressed using a UoSAT compression format. This format is
supported by the VK5HI CCD display program.

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for TO-31 status
information]

LUSAT LO-19
Uplink                           145.84 145.86 145.88 145.90 MHz FM
                                     (using 1200-baud Manchester FSK)
CW downlink                 437.125 MHz
Digital downlink             437.150 MHz SSB (RC-BPSK 1200-baud PSK)
Broadcast Callsign         LUSAT-11
BBS                                LUSAT-12
Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French
Guiana. Status: Beacon only. The CW beacon is sending eight telemetry
channels and one status channel on 437.126 MHz. No BBS service is
available. The digipeater is not active.

Telemetry is as follows:

Time is Fri Nov 30 21:03:00 2001 Orb-61900
CW-Code: ava abv aab ad6 atd abv ttu aee
5V-reg.:   	4.85 V      	8.5V-reg:   8.68 V
10V-Bat:	11.07 V      	10V-Curr:  121.1 mA
TX-Pwr :  	0.967 W      	TX-Temp.:   6.27 
+Z-Sol.:   	0.30 V      	Box-Temp:   9.97 

CW-Code: avt abv aan ad6 aat abu ttu aee
5V-reg.:   	4.89 V      	8.5V-reg:   	8.68 V
10V-Bat:  	11.07 V      	10V-Curr:  	120.4 mA
TX-Pwr :  	0.967 W      	TX-Temp.:   	5.56 
+Z-Sol.:   	0.30 V      	Box-Temp:   	9.26 

CW-Code: avt abu aua ade aaa abu ttu aee
5V-reg.:   	4.89 V      	8.5V-reg:   	8.68 V
10V-Bat:  	11.01 V      	10V-Curr:  	120.4 mA
TX-Pwr :  	0.957 W      	TX-Temp.:   	4.85 
+Z-Sol.:   	0.30 V      	Box-Temp:   	8.90 

General information and telemetry samples can be found at:

www.telecable.es/personales/ea1bcu

[ANS thanks Miguel Menendez, EA1BCU, for LO-19 status information]

SO-41  SAUDISAT-1A
Uplink               to be released
Downlink           437.075 MHz 
Broadcast Callsign         SASAT1-11
BBS                                SASAT1-12

Launched: September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic
missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Status: Unknown, this satellite
has been in orbit for almost 8 months. ANS has received no additional
information.

When/if operational, SaudiSat-1A will operate as 9600-baud digital
store-and-forward systems as well analog FM repeater mode capability.
One of two new ham satellites from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia built by
the Space Research Institute at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and
Technology.

SO-42  SAUDISAT-1B
Uplink               to be released
Downlink           436.775 MHz
Broadcast Callsign         SASAT2-11
BBS                                SASAT2-12
Launched: September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic
missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Status: Unknown, this satellite
has been in orbit for almost 8 months. ANS has received no additional
information.

When/if operational, SaudiSat-1B will operate as 9600-baud digital
store-and-forward systems as well analog FM repeater mode capability.
One of two new ham satellites from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia built by
the Space Research Institute at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and
Technology.

SUNSAT SO-35
Mode J Uplink:               145.825 MHz FM
Mode J Downlink:           436.250 MHz FM

Mode B Uplink:               436.291 MHz FM
Mode B Downlink:          145.825 MHz FM

Launched: February 23, 1999 by a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air
Force Base in California. Status: Non-operational

The SunSat team released the following statement, dated
February 1, 2001:

We regret to announce that the last communication with SunSat from our
ground station at the Electronic Systems Laboratory at Stellenbosch
University took place recently. We are certain, after having performed
several tests since the last contact, that an irreversible, physical failure
has occurred on the satellite. It is therefore unlikely that we will have
any further contact with SunSat, apart from the occasional visual sighting
by telescope!

When it was operational the SunSat package included 1200 and 9600
baud digital store-and-forward capability and a voice 'parrot' repeater
system in addition to Mode B/J operation with two VHF and two UHF
transmit-receive systems.

For more information on SunSat visit the following URL:

http://sunsat.ee.sun.ac.za 

[ANS thanks Garth Milne, ZR1AFH, for this information]

RADIO SPORT RS-13
Uplink                           21.260 to 21.300 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink                       145.860 to 145.900 MHz CW/SSB
Beacon                         145.860 MHz

Launched: February 5, 1991 aboard a Russian Cosmos C launcher
Status: non-operational (last operational in mode-T)

RS-12 was re-activated in January 2001. Prior to this switch RS-13 was
operational (mode T), but was apparently turned off following the recent
RS-12 switch.

The latest information on RS-12 and RS-13 can be found on the AC5DK
RS-12/13 Satellite Operators page at:

http://www.qsl.net/ac5dk/rs1213/rs1213.html

[ANS thanks Kevin Manzer, AC5DK, for this information]

TECHSAT-1B GO-32
Downlink           435.225 MHz using HDLC telemetry
Launched: July 10, 1998 by a Russian Zenit rocket from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome. Status: Semi-operational.

Efforts were reported to be underway to bring GO-32 on line, however,
no information has been received by ANS (the last report was dated
November 1999).

Last reported, the satellite does transmit a 9600-baud burst every 30
seconds (the GO-32 beacon sends one short telemetry status
transmission of 44 bytes) and upon request the complete telemetry
buffer.

Max White reported to ANS that two passes of GO-32 were
received recently; it still issues the burst transmission as stated
above with "quite a strong signal" according to White.

[ANS has no further information]

PANSAT PO-34
Uplink/downlink frequency (listed on the PanSat web site) 436.500 MHz
Launched: October 30, 1998 by the Shuttle Discovery. Status: Unknown

The satellite is not available for general uplink transmissions.

The Naval Postgraduate School developed PanSat. At the time of
launch, PanSat spread-spectrum digital transponders were to
be available to Amateur Radio operators along with software to utilize
this technology.

For more information, visit the official PanSat web site at:

http://www.sp.nps.navy.mil/pansat/

PanSat was the featured cover article on the July/August 1999 issue of
the AMSAT-NA Journal (the story written by KD6DRA and N7HPR).

[ANS has no further information]

DOVE DO-17
Downlink           145.825 MHz FM (1200-baud AFSK)
                          2401.220 MHz
Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Non-operational.

DOVE stopped transmitting in March 1998. The 145.825 MHz and
2401.220 MHz downlinks are off the air and the satellite has not
responded to ground station control.

[ANS has no further information]

WEBERSAT WO-18
Downlink           437.104 MHz SSB (1200 baud PSK AX.25)
Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Non-operational.

WO-18 was last reported to be in MBL mode after a software crash.

[ANS has no further information]

SEDSAT-1 SO-33
Downlink           437.910 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
Launched: October 24, 1998 by a Delta 2 rocket from Cape Canaveral,
Florida. Status: Semi-operational.

The satellite is not currently available for uplink transmissions and the
image and transponder recovery efforts have been unsuccessful.

SedSat-1 signifies Students for the Exploration and Development of
Space (satellite number one).

SedSat-1 has downlinked months worth of telemetry data on the
performance of its electrical power system parameters. The Nickel
Metal Hydride batteries on the spacecraft were experimental and
experienced some abuse due to a power negative situation. This
information has provided NASA with useful information. With the
exception of the imaging system and the use of the transponders,
SedSat-1 has been judged a success.

For more information on SedSat-1 visit the satellite web site at the
following URL:

http://seds.uah.edu/projects/sedsat/sedsat.htm

[ANS has no further information]

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